MDC9-87 @ Frankfurt Airport
The DC9 is too small to pull right up to the terminal building, those moving access tunnel things that keep you warm while boarding the plane just don´t fit on them! So it´s the bendy bus out on the runway, get to the ´plane and it´s everyone off the bus, stand in a line in the freezing Frankfurt cold, while various airport workers chuck your bags in the hold, if your bags got wheels on it that´s where it goes! If it´s on your back, no problem, you can take it on board (there is no way my Lowepro, full of gear is going into the belly of this beast)!
The Spanish, such a loveable crowd, have long conversations with complete strangers in the aisle while we´re waiting to get to our seats, if they´re not doing that they´re sitting in the wrong seats, getting their boarding cards out to check what their seat numbers are, then realising their boarding cards are in their bags in the overhead lockers, captain and crew getting increasingly more panicky, because if everyone´s not in their their seats and buckled up as of ten minutes ago, we´ll miss the slot and all have to go back to the terminal and start all over again about five hours in the future from now! In Frankfurt if you don´t leave on time, you don´t leave, full stop!
Anyone who knows Frankfurt Airport knows it was a major US Airforce base during the cold war days – some of the former US servicemen/women wordpress bloggers will know of it only too well i suspect, it´s massive, it takes ten minutes on the taxiway. ´planes coming in, ´planes going out, madre mia, like London´s Piccadilly Circus on a saturday afternoon!
We took of just in time, got the slot! Spain,Home and the Med here we come, just in time for New Years celebrations!
Canon 50D, f/29, 15sec, ISO100, Canon 18-200mm@ 50mm
Postscript: most of these airport/flight photo´s taken at 50mm, so why on earth did i leave my 50mm and 60mm lenses at home-what a dickhead i am,oops ´scuse my French, 2012 resolution: always keep your primes in your bag!